Extinction

a tornado visible from space

PARTIALLY RECOVERED LOG ENTRY

SUBJECT: UNKNOWN

ESTIMATED DATE: 24|11|3053

LOCATION: OVAN, PARABUS

-but wasn’t right. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. Can you say you’ve seen an extinction level event? The utter annihilation of a planet? I have. The Core Aviation Fleet had us there as a last ditch effort. Turn away the Sirens, halt any advance towards the ground. We had expected them to make a landing, like any invasion fleet would. How could we have been so wrong?

My wing had been ordered to pull back for resupply, after the Core’s forces had been stuck in thirty-eight hours of straight combat. Thirty-eight hours. We didn’t have the means to hold such any force at bay for that long, let alone one that outmatched us so heavily. For every one we took down, three of our own would fall. Those squadrons of pilots that managed to survive the onslaught were rotated over and over. If you weren’t in the air, you were refueling at the nearest station that hadn’t been shredded apart, or catching a brief few seconds of closed eyes. I say closed eyes, because who could really sleep in those rare moments? You could sense the bullet storms that whirled outside, and all that was separating you from the fight was a metal hull.

On my flight’s path back to the repair station Allagaer-S, we saw Sirens retreating. I remember feeling for a short moment that we had actually won. Ashen stars, I was stupid.

At first it was like a flash. A terrifyingly silent, bright light that lit up the darkness of our orbit. Then, what looked like a storm erupted in a split second and washed over the planet’s surface below.

People say there were chilling screams and cries for mercy, but it wasn’t like that. We heard nothing. It was just a silence. All communications we’d been receiving from the surface just vanished. Nobody could even speak. No one had the words to. What could you say as you watched a planet burn? An entire people ext-

//EXCERPT END//


The Ended Saga is a collection of excerpts following the mysterious conflict in a universe beyond our own. No truth is clear, but it is out there. Continue the search…

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